Osaka, a gourmet town, has plenty of great cost-performance yakiniku restaurants. Here are 5 all-you-can-eat restaurants in Osaka that you should try at least once!
1. Yakiniku Shabushabu Tabehodai Haya Namba-Dotonbori Branch
Yakiniku Shabushabu Tabehodai Haya Namba-Dotonbori Branch, close to the Dotonbori Glico sign, is a yakiniku and shabushabu all-you-can-eat restaurant. Yakiniku is Japanese barbecue and shabushabu is thin cuts of meat dipped in boiling broth made with kombu seaweed and other ingredients and eaten with vegetables and tofu. It's a restaurant with high-quality meat for reasonable prices. They have tatami rooms horigotatsu (tables set into the floor) so you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat courses (starting at 2,678 JPY for 120 minutes) in a relaxed, leisurely atmosphere. The recommended course is the Domestic Beef All-You-Can-Eat Course (3,980 JPY (excl. tax)) where you can enjoy luxurious Japanese beef. It's a 2 hour all-you-can-eat with sirloin, kalbi (rib meat), horumon (offal), salad, soup, dessert, and more. This course has English and Chinese menus available so you can easily order plenty of your favorite dishes! Definitely try it.
2. DOn Pocha
Just 1 minute from JR Taishou station, DOn Pocha is a genuine Korean restaurant with a Korean street food stall-style calm atmosphere. The recommended meal that most people order is the Samgyeopsal 120 Minute All-You-Can-Eat Course (1,980 JPY (excl. tax)! You can add an all-you-can-drink course to it for 980 JPY (excl. tax), so its reasonable price is the secret to its popularity. Other than meats like samgyeopsal (grilled slices pork belly), shoulder loin, and kalbi, you can order other Korean dishes like chijimi (savory Korean pancake) and Jundofu chige (tofu stew). The staff cooks the meat for you so you can leisurely enjoy your meal. The samgyeopsal is stone-grilled which allows much of the fat to cook off, so it's a relatively healthy and simple!
2. DOn Pocha
3. Umeda Meigetsukan Jusoten
Umeda Meigetsukan Juuzouten is a yakiniku restaurant 3 minutes away from Juso Station on the Hankyu Line that's been in business for 60 years. They are celebrated for the high-quality Japanese beef they offer, and they also have a full side menu. You can enjoy their carefully selected beef in their 90 Minute All-You-Can-Eat Course (5,000 JPY (incl. tax)). This is recommended for people that want to eat delicious Japanese beef in a high-class refined atmosphere to their heart's content! It's an all-you-can-eat course with around 50 dishes to choose from including meats like salted tongue, sirloin, bite-sized bone-in kalbi, and horumon (offal), and side dishes like bibimbap, a Korean dish where plenty of vegetables and meat are placed on top of rice. The bite-sized bone-in kalbi is very juicy! It's very popular because it's really delicious. Eat it with the spicy homemade kimchi as a palate cleanser. You'll be satisfied both with the taste and the amount of food!
4. Sumiyaki Mizushichirin Yakinikushou Tajima
Sumiyaki Mizushichirin Yakinikushou Tajima is a yakiniku restaurant about a 3 minute walk away from Honmachi Station on the Midosuji Line. It has a retro vibe, and you can enjoy their delicious carefully selected high-quality Japanese beef grilled on a shichirin, a clay grill that uses charcoal. The Premium All-You-Can-Eat course (2,990 JPY (+300 JPY as a special fee) (excl. tax)) is 120 minutes and has about 50 dishes that you can enjoy, including Japanese beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetables. The sauce used on the meat was created after lots of trial and error to bring out the best flavors of the grilled food so you can enjoy perfection! The kalbi and sweet fatty pork will addict you after just one bite. Please try it!
5. Sumibi Yakiniku Showa Taishuu Horumon Dotonbori Branch
Sumibi Yakiniku Showa Taishuu Horumon is a chain restaurant mostly centered in Osaka that is very proud of its horumon. It's about a 3 minute walk away from Namba Station, and both the facade and interior have a retro Showa era (1926-1989) atmosphere. The grilled horumon they offer is primarily big and little intestine, as well as skin, stomach, liver, heart, and kidney, and they're all juicy and chewy. They have all-you-can-eat horumon courses starting at 2,480 JPY (excl. tax). For people who are trying it for the first time as well as people who also want to eat red meat like sirloin and kalbi as well as horumon should try the 120 Option Luxury Course (3,980 JPY (excl. tax)) that has about 120 dishes available for 120 minutes. Definitely try the fresh horumon grilled heartily on a shichirin grill!
There are many restaurants in Osaka where you can enjoy yakiniku all-you-can-eat courses for a reasonable price. There are many options depending on price and course, so please investigate to find the restaurant that'd be perfect for you. Please make reservations before you go.
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